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Janel Brestel, Social Service Designee, Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator

Congratulations to our May Employee of the Month, Janel Brestel.

Janel has been an employee at this facility for 35 years.  She began her career in 1979 as a Nursing Assistant.  Then after high school graduation she attended Mid-Plains Community College and received her License Practical Nurse degree in 1983.  She again joined the staff as LPN Charge nurse for 9 years.  She has filled many shoes in her 35 year career here, Nurse, Activities Director, Social Services Designee, Marketing / Resource Development Director, and friend to all.

Janel lives in Callaway with her husband Rod and has enjoyed volunteering in her community and church through the years.  She and Rod have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren which are true blessings in their lives!  Janel loves listening to music, singing, movies and spending time with family and friends!  She makes a pretty good cinnamon roll, too!!

Her fellow co-workers nominated her for her dedication to this facility.  They said, “Janel is passionate about our facility.  She has been tirelessly working to bring awareness to the Nursing Home Crisis.  At our last All Staff meeting she prepared informational items for the staff to read and created information to send to Gov. Ricketts and Sen. Williams.  Thank you, Janel for your passion!”

When asked why she likes doing what she does, her reply was, “My favorite thing about working at this facility is getting to know the Residents and families through the years.  This is a place I’ve grown up with and have been inspired and touched by these special people.  I’ve made long lasting friendships and have seen generations of staff come through our doors.  I also have felt pride in our community and beyond for their wonderful support for this facility.”

Never lose your passion Janel, you inspire us all to care more and lovingly touch the souls we serve.  Thank you for your service.

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The walkway surrounding the Callaway Good Life Center will be decorated with dozens of American Flags during the Memorial Day holiday in honor of our armed forces, servicemen and women, friends, family members and loved ones. Celebrate the life of someone special and support our center by sponsoring a flag for a donation of $25.00 or more.

We will tag your sponsored 12 x 18 flag with the name of your honored individual and place it with the others along our walkway in the front of the facility beginning May 24th, 2019. It will remain there through May 29th as a symbol of remembrance.

Residents and visitors of Callaway Good Life Center can view this display at their leisure. In addition, everyone is invited to a short dedication ceremony of the Walkway of Flags on Tuesday May 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Callaway Good Life Center!

City, State, Zip:______________________________________
Phone:__________________ Number of Flags___________

Send above information with your donation to the Callaway Good Life Center, c/o Walkway of Flags, PO Box 250 Callaway, NE. 68825. Make check payable to Callaway Good Life Center

Flag(s) in honor of:____________________________________________________

Flag(s) in memory of:_________________________________________________

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Congratulations to our April Employee of the Month, Shalina Scott!

Shalina has been with us for 4 months and has made a great impact.  She is a hard worker and has stepped up to do, not only Dietary Cook, but also Housekeeping.  She even gets to do laundry!

Shalina has 4 children, Neal and Rebecca Scott and Jack and Penelope Harisson.  Penelope comes to the center with her mom sometimes and we all get to spoil her!  Shalina’s hobbies include gardening, reading, sewing and cooking.

Shalina was nominated by two employees who have this to say about her, “When there is work to be done or help needed with anything, Shalina is quick to jump in and help out.  On Saturday, we had a water leak in the breakroom.  I asked Shalina for the mop from the kitchen and before I could grab a wet floor sign, she was already cleaning up the mess that I had intended to clean.  On Sunday when setting up the tower garden, Shalina came and lent a helping hand.  I appreciate her hard work and willingness to step in wherever needed and just jump in and do even if she’s busy doing other things!!

Shalina is always willing to come in and help when needed.  She comes to work and helps when someone calls in.  She made dinner rolls and is going to teach the other cooks how to make them.  She makes a lot of foods from scratch and gives suggestions for vegan dishes.  She is always pleasant and residents love her.  When she works in the kitchen, she often works housekeeping that same day.  She is open for change and gives suggestions on how to make something work better.  She is also good at keeping the aides on a good time line.

When we asked Shalina why she enjoys what she does, she said, “I enjoy getting to work with staff here and I love when I get to cook.  Seeing how much the people enjoy the work we put into their meals makes me happy and I enjoy bringing joy to them.  I love to make people smile.”

You make all of us smile Shalina, thanks for your good example.

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April 6th, 2019 – Thank you to these wonderful young ladies who visited our Residents last Saturday before their Prom. What a bright spot in our Resident’s day!

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Callaway Good Life Center honored our Callaway District Hospital Laboratory Staff today for “Lab Professional Week” with meat and cheese tray, to say THANK YOU for your awesome services to our center! We love seeing you gals
and appreciate each of you!
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Callaway Good Life Center delivered some goodies to our Docs today in honor of “National Doctor’s Day! We thank you all for your wonderful and compassionate care you give to our Residents! Our staff appreciate all you do for us and we love working with you! WE ARE BLESSED!

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Cris Sierks, LPN/ DON Assistant

Congratulations to our March, 2019, Employee of the Month, Cris Sierks.

Cris is a LPN /MDS Coordinator /Director of Nursing Assistant.  She began her career as a C.N.A, then earned her Nursing degree as an LPN and has served our facility since 2013.

She enjoys camping, fishing, travelling, and spending time with her family.  She has been married for 20 years and has 4 children, and 9 grandchildren.  Cris graduated from Callaway High School and her Mom still lives in the community.

Cris’ co-workers nominated her twice this month.  They said, “Cris stepped up on day shift today and didn’t hesitate to lend a hand with resident care as we were short staffed.  She asked who she could help with and what needed done.  This made a stressful morning go smoothly for all.  Thanks, Cris!”

They also nominated her by stating, “Cris spends days at a time away from home to be at work!  She has come in in the wee hours of the morning to ensure a 1-1 Resident is properly supervised so staff can care for others.  Cris helps the charge nurse with assessments and documentation.  She has spent hours calling and getting staff to cover shifts.  This list could go on forever, but Cris gives 1000% for our residents.  Thank You Cris.  Cris also makes sure our MDS Assessments are completed accurately and that we are in compliance with CMS regulations. She is a key player in our success.

We asked Cris why she enjoys what she does, and she said “I have always enjoyed the Long Term setting and caring for residents as a nurse.  I took on MDS Coordinator when I was unable to work on the floor.”  We are blessed to have you on our team.

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March is Social Work Month! The Department Heads made a pasta bar and fruit pizza to celebrate! Thanks to all who made the wonderful food!

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Irish Eyes are Smiling”” today as we celebrated with an early St. Patrick’s Day party! Chester’s Fried Chicken, White and Green Cake and Green Sherbet Punch to boot! Wishing everyone the” Luck of the Irish” in finding your “Pot of Gold”!

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